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Types of Container Units and Designs for Shipping Cargo

Types of Container Units and Designs for Shipping Cargo

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Types of Container Units and Designs for Shipping Cargo

Container units form the most integral part of the entire shipping industry, trade, and transport. These shipping containers are the structures that store various kinds of products that need to be shipped from one part of the world to another.

As such, depending on the type of products to be shipped or the special services needed from them, container units may vary in dimension, structure, materials, construction etc. various types of shipping containers are being used today to meet requirements of all kinds of cargo shipping. Some of the most common types of shipping containers in use today are mentioned below. 1. Dry storage container The most commonly used shipping containers; they come in various dimensions standardized by ISO. They are used for shipping of dry materials and come in size of 20ft, 40 ft and 10ft.


Flat rack container

With collapsible sides, these are like simple storage shipping containers where the sides can be folded so as to make a flat rack for shipping of wide variety of goods.

3. . 4. Open top container With a convertible top that can be completely removed to make an open top so that materials of any height can be shipped easily. Tunnel container Container storage units provided with doors on both ends of the container. they are extremely helpful in quick loading and unloading of materials.

making a wider room for loading and unloading of materials. 7. Open side storage container These storage units are provided with doors that can change into completely open sides providing a much wider room for loading of materials. 6.5. Double doors container They are kind of storage units that are provided with double doors. Refrigerated ISO containers . iron etc in standardized sizes of 20ft and 40ft. Construction materials include steel.

These are temperature regulated shipping containers that always have a carefully controlled low temperature. they are used by a huge proportion of entire shipping industry. They are most suitable for long distance transportation of products. Tanks Container storage units used mostly for transportation of liquid materials. They are exclusively used for shipment of perishable substances like fruits and vegetables over long distances. 9. Insulated or thermal containers These are the shipping storage containers that come with a regulated temperature control allowing them to maintain a higher temperature. The choice of material is so done to allow them long life without being damaged by constant exposure to high temperature. 8. They are mostly made of strong steel .

11. Cargo storage roll container A foldable container. this is one of the specialized container units made for purpose of transporting sets or stacks of materials. stones etc which need easy loading and unloading.or other anti corrosive materials providing them with long life and protection to the materials. 10. . Availability in a range of colored wire meshes make these shipping container units a little more cheerful. these containers are half the height of full sized containers. They are made of thick and strong wire mesh along with rollers that allows their easy movement. Made mostly of steel. Used especially for good like coal. Half height containers Another kind of shipping containers includes half height containers.

Car carriers Car carriers are container storage units made especially for shipment of cars over long distances. . They come with collapsible sides that help a car fit snugly inside the containers without the risk of being damaged or moving from the spot. They are designed to handle large amounts of materials and made for purpose of shipping materials to a destination where they can be further packed and sent off to final spot. Intermediate bulk shift containers These are specialized storage shipping containers made solely for the purpose of intermediate shipping of goods.12. 13.

circular shipping containers.14. they are used for high profile services like shipment of weapons and arson. custom made for specialized purposes. may need extra space. security remains the top priority. 15. light weight metals. made from a choice of materials like steel. Special purpose containers Not the ordinary containers. As such. these are the container units. But in most cases. fiber. They are smaller in size but due to their shape. Mostly. hard plastic etc. . they are most suitable for bulk transport of liquid materials. their construction and material composition depends on the special purpose they need to cater to. Drums As the name suggests.

. They are provided with a strong bottom and a convertible top making them suitable for shipping of many types of products. Swap bodies They are a special kind of containers used mostly in Europe. Not made according to the ISO standards.16. they are not standardized shipping container units but extremely useful all the same.

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